Eight Minnesota players will vie for a spot on the 2014 USA U18 World Championship Team
USA Hockey announced the 28 players that have been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Winter Festival, Dec. 27-31, at Schwan Super Rink on the campus of the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The players will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team that will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s Under-18 World Championship, March 23-30, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary.
Eight Minnesota players have been invited to the camp:
Erin O’Neil, goalie, Minnetonka, Hopkins High School.
Sydney Baldwin, defense, Shorewood, Minnetonka High School.
Grace Bizal, defense, Minnetonka, Hopkins High School.
Taylor Flaherty, defense, Lakeville, Lakeville North High School.
Patricia Marshall, defense, Thief River Falls, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School.
McKenna Brand, forward, Nevis, North American Hockey Academy.
Maliya Rogers, forward, Minnetonka, Minnesota Junior Whitecaps.
Taylor Williamson, forward, Edina, Edina High School.
The IIHF Women’s Under-18 World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
The U18 National Team camp is the second USA Hockey training camp skating at the Schwan Super Rink this month. The U.S. Women’s National Team, the team that will become the 2014 Olympic Team, is currently training at the Super Rink through today, December 17. The team will attend the Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks game at the Xcel Energy Center tonight, and will depart for Grand Forks, N.D. on Wednesday to prepare for a pre-Olympic test against Canada on Friday night.